Sex, Drugs, and Ecosystem Services: the Sweet Poisons in Nectar

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11


18:00–19:00 Thursday 15 September 2016

Apis mellifera
Honeybee (Apis mellifera) on cannonball tree (Couroupita guianensis) © Philip Stevenson

The global value of pollinators to food production is around £230 billion and £700 million to the UK alone so their importance cannot be overstated. Their additional cultural, ecological and human health value is immeasurable. Severe declines, particularly in wild bees, suggest major problems in land management and consequences for global food security and biodiversity. The causes of these declines are well reported and primarily man-made, but can they be addressed using science-based knowledge?

Professor Philip Stevenson FRES (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and University of Greenwich) will present recent work on the ecological function of plant toxins in nectar and pollen that help us understand the behaviour and ecology of pollinators and might provide ways of addressing pollinator declines.  

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.

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